Boniface - 'Boniface'

9/10

For more than the last few year, we have been simply stunned with the output of Canadian artist and songwriter Micah Visser aka Boniface. Their mixture of bold and fascinating alt-pop production with a warm and enticing presence has led Visser to become a regular favourite for us over the last three years, and as they return to deliver their self-titled debut album, it is clear that they are looking to become so much more than just another cult name breaking through to the mainstream.

What this record manages to convey from the very start, is the fresh and intimate nature at the helm. Their previous string of singles such as 'Dear Megan', 'Fumbling' and 'I Will Not Return As A Tourist' were incredible snapshots of their blistering production aesthetic, but hearing them all back to back on this new collection really hammers home their stunning intentions. While the release is a mixture of years-old material and much newer recordings, the record still manages to gel with the same sense of purpose and charisma that acts like Bleachers have been producing all these years.

There is just something so eloquently blissful about 'Boniface'. Not only is it a stunning example of how to produce stunning and engaging synth-pop, it also presents the singer in a vibrant light that is rarely heard in a new and emerging artist. Visser has produced a masterpiece of a debut album, and it is hard not to fall in love with it instantly.

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